Owen Lattimore, Asia, and Comparative History

  title={Owen Lattimore, Asia, and Comparative History},
  author={William T. Rowe},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={759 - 786}
  • W. Rowe
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Perhaps best known today as a pioneering scholar of Inner Asia and a victim of the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, Owen Lattimore was more basically, like his friend Arnold Toynbee, a major player in the vogue of comparative history that captured wide public attention in the second quarter of the twentieth century. His lifelong intellectual project was to develop a “scientific” model of the way human societies form, evolve, grow, decline, mutate, and interact with one another along… 
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